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OEWG 2 Advances Preparations for Chemicals Management Conference[viewed]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) formulated a message on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and chemicals management to convey to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It also agreed to initiate a process to forward a proposal on highly hazardous pesticides to the fourth session of the ICCM, among other preparations for ICCM 4, which is tentatively scheduled for 27 September-3 October 2015.

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African Development Report Finds Regional Integration Key for Development[viewed]

Regional integration is critical for enhancing Africa's development and achieving sustained, inclusive growth, according to the African Development Report 2014. The report addresses five themes at a regional level: integration and inclusive growth; institutions; infrastructure; migration and labor; and financial integration and value chains.

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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat[viewed]

Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

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IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs[viewed]

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) announced the launch of a project, ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners." The project issued a commentary on 12 December on the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030.'

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Copenhagen Conference Issues Recommendations on Inequalities[viewed]

Beyond 2015 has issued the outcome document from its Civil Society Organization (CSO) Copenhagen Conference. ‘Equality at the Core: A call for a strong commitment to tackling inequalities through the post-2015 agenda' calls for stand-alone goals on equality and gender equality, and provides recommendations on addressing inequality in the post-2015 development agenda.

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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG[viewed]

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. In a message appearing in the December 2014 SE4ALL newsletter, Yumkella reviews major steps his initiative has taken to meet this goal in 2014 and those it will pursue over the coming year, including the 2nd annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum.

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Event: Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference[viewed]

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs.

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Guest Article #38: Mobilizing for Impact in 2015: Inspiring Action for People and Planet[viewed]

To achieve good outcomes from key processes culminating in 2015, we must mobilize both political will and public engagement at all levels.

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Member States Set Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations[viewed]

UN Member States have informally agreed on a draft decision on the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.The decision is expected to be adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Consultations on the modalities began in November and concluded on 17 December 2014, co-facilitated by David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya).

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015[viewed]

“The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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